The Pro Tour is coming up this weekend, and Standard has been on the minds of pros and casuals alike. After a period of time where Standard, well, sucked, it has been refreshing so to see what kind of decks established players are running, and what has so far, turned out to be a brewer’s paradise in this brand new format. Everyone by now knows that God-Pharaoh’s Gift won a PTQ on MTGO. Cat Tribal has picked up a bit of steam. Riddleform has been built around, and I have ran into so many Fraying Sanity decks online! Red Deck Wins is a thing again, and has picked up some blisteringly fast wins thanks to the whole creatures can’t block mechanic.
What an annoying phrase to read on a haste creature that your opponent puts into play.
Angel of Invention is all over the place, Monument decks are doing well, and ramp is back to doing it’s nutty stuff. I’ve seen Mono Red Eldrazi decks and UR Eldrazi decks that resemble a stack of draft commons left on a table winning, and really after unprecedented amounts of bannings Standard feels like it is in a really good place. There are hate cards, Crook of Condemnation should help out against graveyard based decks, the Defeat cycle exists and strategies and safety valves that Wizards deemed to be not fun or not needed for the health of the format are back and guess what?
The existence of good clean hate has so far lead to a better play experience, which has led to more fun.
I do miss Aetherworks Marvel though. Before it was a streamlined monster, the card was a lot of fun to me. But I also love stuff like Summoning Trap and Mind’s Desire. I should love something like Hazoret’s Undying Fury, but that whole less than five thing is quite the bummer.
Good Standard may only last until after the Pro Tour, and who knows what the pros might find. For now though, I am going to enjoy the format and keep finding sweet brews to stream and maybe improve upon.
Unless it’s a mill deck. While I love them so much, Fraying Sanity is not an actual Magic: The Gathering card.
Let’s take a look at the deck that I played recently on stream.
BG Aristocrats by mtgSage
This deck comes in a little under 40 tickets on MTGO and while it’s a budget deck it has some big game! Driven to Despair is a great card, one that typically lets you refill your hand after an early game emptying and then can turn around and make life hard for your opponent when they have a lot of menace creatures that are going to force a discard when they get in. It’s an incredible piece of card advantage for you.
Yahenni, Undying Partisan is also an amazing card in this deck. It grows larger whenever creatures your opponent controls die, so it can turn into a formidable beater quickly, and it blocks very well thanks to the amount of tokens you make and its Indestructible ability. There is a ton of value in the deck. Sixteen creatures either come with a token or replace themselves. Vizier of the Menagerie allows you to rifle through the top of your deck playing creatures, and Zulaport Cutthroat makes activating a Westvale Abbey turn into a five point life swing.
Could it be better? Yes it could, and throwing money at the deck would improve it. Hissing Quagmire and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet would be great cards to have in the main. Having some discard effects, maybe something like Doomfall would be great out of the sideboard. Crook would be a nice addition. I didn’t actually sideboard in a lot of stuff, as I felt like the deck did pretty well with the original 60.
If I were going to make changes though, and I will, I would start with a set of Hissing Quagmire. While Loam Dryad and Cryptolith Rite helped with mana, to often it came up that I was getting the wrong color that I needed. Adding another dual land to the deck would take some weight off of Blooming Marsh, and it would help with mana issues. While the come into play tapped drawback is a bummer, having the better mana base would be nice.
Gosh looking at it now, that sideboard really is a mess. I like the idea behind the vehicles, and I think I understand why they are there, I just do not like them.
We have started a new YouTube channel, it’s going to be where Real. Cool. Decks. goes, as well as our Legit Conversations series, and hopefully box openings, deck techs and more. We are of course working out kinks and stuff but you can find the channel here. As for game play with today’s decklist? Well let’s just embed that right under this sentence.
We went 3-2 and got out classed by another BG deck in the final round of the league. I went from a strong position to getting dominated in about 48 seconds. I still feel this blowout and it’s almost 24 hours later.
Next time I hope to be looking at something a little more splendid, but if not, there will be something cool at least.
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